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Four short links: 10 August 2010

  1. Smoking and Ill Health: Does Lay Epidemiology Explain the Failure of Smoking Cessation Programs Among Deprived Populations? -- Here we pose the question of whether the poorer life chances of those who continue to smoke in effect constitute a rational disincentive to their avoidance or cessation of smoking. (via bengoldacre on Twitter)
  2. Scaling the New Bar for Latency in Financial Networks -- Since the first trade to the market gets the best price, the delivery of a buy or sell order must be as fast as possible. Just a little more than a year ago, firms were concentrating on removing milliseconds from their network; today, a mere 250 nanoseconds make a difference. (via economicsnz on Twitter)
  3. Cataloging Bibliographic Data with Natural Language and RDF (OKFN) -- In the grand tradition of W3C IRC bots, I’ve started some speculative work on a robot that tries to understand natural language descriptions of works and their authors and generates RDF. It is written in Python and uses ORDF, the NLTK and FuXi.
  4. Eurotrash Security -- European infosec podcast. Latest episode features Ivan Ristic on SSL. (via ivanristic on Twitter)

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